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by ahammel
Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 27062

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

chapel wrote:"Human" is usually a quality I look for in a woman.


I will also accept "sentient AI" and "extra-terrestrial, assuming Star Trek turns out to be a documentary".
by ahammel
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1821
Views: 470493

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

Just finished: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, which features steampunk zombies and is therefore fantastic. Currently reading: The Uplift War by David Brin. It's the weakest of the series if you ask me, but it's still quite enjoyable to see the chims in a starring role. Eon by Greg Bear. So far, it rea...
by ahammel
Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: ssh with rsa keys weirdness
Replies: 3
Views: 1422

ssh with rsa keys weirdness

I administer two backup servers for my lab (both running FreeBSD). Becuase we have problems with ssh password guessing attacks, I'm switching to RSA-key based logins rather than username/password combinations (among other precautions). Each server has two accounts: regular user and adminstrative. I ...
by ahammel
Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help with DIY and Amateur Biology
Replies: 8
Views: 2226

Re: Help with DIY and Amateur Biology

Well first, let me congratulate you for getting out when it became clear you weren't going to get a real education. That can't have been an easy decision. I always enjoyed plant identification, even though I wound up in a completely unrelated field. You can teach yourself to a certain extent with a ...
by ahammel
Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.
Replies: 55
Views: 29263

Re: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.

That made me think... why hasn't anyone invented a crazy mashup game to pit the best go and chess players, so we can finally discover which one is the supreme board game? My suggestion: chess board. White has 16 identical go pieces and black has chess pieces(go pieces go in squares. None of tha...
by ahammel
Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.
Replies: 81
Views: 49639

Re: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.

Mac OS 6 -- 10 Ubuntu (briefly on my personal machine and when I have to at work) Fedora Gentoo (gah) FreeBSD (on a server I administer) I have to admit that I look back fondly at System 6, mostly because of Beyond Dark Castle . Still Fedora is my current favorite. Gentoo was mostly just a pain in t...
by ahammel
Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.
Replies: 55
Views: 29263

Re: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.

As a chess person, I never really got the argument that simpler & more elegant rules lead to a better game. I'd say that checkers is at least a simpler rule set than Go. (It's harder for me to argue elegance because I don't really know how to apply that term.) But is it a better game? I mean, e...
by ahammel
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 38058

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Weird. S + laughter = slaughter. Is that whence the expression, "slaying with laughter?" According to my dictionary, 'slaughter' comes from the Old Norse 'slatr' (meaning 'butchering' or 'butcher meat') and is related to 'slay'. 'Laugh', on the other hand, is derived from the Proto-German...
by ahammel
Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.
Replies: 55
Views: 29263

Re: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.

Well sure, but that's not really a retrograde analysis problem in the sense meant by EvanED. A retro asks something like "given this position, what was white's last move?". In a good retro there's a unique solution, but I don't see how you could compose such a position in go (neoliminal's ...
by ahammel
Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.
Replies: 55
Views: 29263

Re: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.

Yeah, you probably can't compose a retro with a unique solution for go that goes past the second move.
by ahammel
Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.
Replies: 55
Views: 29263

Re: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.

I play only chess, but I have to admit that go is superior in a number of ways. Go is probably more strategically deep than chess and has a much simpler set of rules. It's also scalable and the handicap system is much better. On the other hand, the fact the chess has a complex rule set makes for ver...
by ahammel
Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 314179

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Sorry if this has been addressed before (I read through the thread and didn't catch it), but I was wondering about the theoretical problem with the random passphrases approach. Say you're drawing words at random from a list of 4096 words. That gives you ~2.8e14 possible passwords = 48 bits of entrop...

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